The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is home to an established summer policy internship program. Aimed at emerging scholars, these professional development opportunities are named in memory of Kathryn Hyer, MPP, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, and Greg O’Neill, PhD, who were policy scholars and long-time GSA members.

Greg O'Neill, PhD

O’Neill enjoyed a 20-year career at GSA. He joined the staff in 1998 as a research associate and served in multiple roles related to research, policy, and practice of gerontology. He had a passion for policy and led GSA’s nonpartisan public policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, for many years.

Kathryn Hyer, MPP, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE

Hyer was a GSA president and board chair — providing undaunted leadership in 2020 by quickly establishing a Diversity and Justice Working Group and a COVID-19 Task Force— and served in many other roles during her 30 years of active membership within the Society. She was a professor in the School of Aging Studies and director of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida. Her scholarship focused on the quality of care in long-term care settings, disaster preparedness, curriculum development, and educational evaluation.

O'Neill & Hyer Summer Policy Internship Information

GSA is seeking three internship candidates to participate in an eight-week in-person experience in Washington, DC in the summer! Interns will be immersed in aging-related policy development and participate in this process at the national level. The internship term runs through the summer, with flexible start dates. Each selected candidate will receive a $6,000 stipend.

One of the internships will be designated for an emerging scholar enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education). Internship duties and opportunities may include:

  • Attending congressional hearings.
  • Researching and analyzing issues that impact older adults.
  • Meeting with federal regulatory agencies and national coalitions; monitoring legislation and regulations.
  • Contributing to GSA’s Public Policy & Aging Report.
  • Developing policy sessions for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Drafting communications related to these issues impacting older adults.
  • Attending networking events with GSA staff.

To qualify for an internship, applicants:

  • Must be a master’s or doctoral-level student studying gerontology or in an aging-related field at an accredited institution of higher learning with an exceptional academic record or have graduated from such a program within six months of the internship period.
  • Should have a strong interest in policy, legislative, and regulatory affairs.
  • Should possess strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to work in GSA’s central office located in Washington, DC, for 35 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Preference will be given to those applicants who have actively participated in GSA-related activities.

Successful applications will include:

  1. a complete online application submitted by the due date and time along with a copy of the applicant’s resume/CV;
  2. one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer;
  3. and a copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript indicating current or recent enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning.

  • November 10th: 2024 Applications Open
  • January 12th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET: Informational webinar with the 2023 Summer Policy interns
  • January 31st COB: Applications close
  • February 20th - March 1st: Selected Candidates Interviews
  • March 13th: Notification of final candidates 

Email questions to the GSA Professional Affairs Department at

Are the Internships Paid?
Yes. GSA policy interns receive a stipend to support their living expenses during the program.

Where is the Internship Located?
GSA headquarters, located in Washington, D.C.

How long are the internships?
The internship term runs eight weeks through the summer, with flexible start dates.

Have more questions?

Register for the upcoming, “How and Why to Apply for GSA’s 2024 Summer Policy Internship: A Conversation with GSA’s 2023 Policy Interns” to find out more about the program!

To donate to the GSA Gregory O’Neill Student Policy Internship Fund, click here.

Thank you for your support and contributions!